DENVER – The Great American Solar Eclipse is now less than a week away.
On Monday, Aug. 21, the moon will pass between the earth and the sun, obscuring the view of the sun here on Earth. The eclipse will only be complete along a 70-mile-wide path from coast to coast and thousands are expected to travel to see the rare event.
But even if you’re in the path of totality, your chances of seeing the eclipse are only as good as the weather. If there’s any cloud cover, you’ll be out of luck.
The good news is the forecast is looking good for viewing the eclipse in Colorado and Wyoming (Note: The path of totality does not cross over Colorado. The eclipse will peak at about 92 percent of the sun obscured here).
Denver7 Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson says there are no major storm fronts or surges in monsoon moisture headed our way, meaning the skies should be mostly clear that morning.
There is a chance of some scattered clouds, as it’s not unusual to see clouds begin to build in the late morning and early afternoon hours during this time of year. The National Weather Service says historical data from Aug. 21 shows a low chance of cloud cover.
The eclipse should begin a little before 10:30 a.m., with the sun being completely obscured for about two minutes around 11:45. The eclipse should be wrapped up by 1:15 p.m.
Wherever you are Monday morning, make sure you take proper precautions to protect your eyesight. Staring directly at the sun without protective eyewear will permanently damage your eyes.
Denver7 will have a crew in Wyoming to cover the rare astronomical event.
Keep in mind that the eclipse is still a few days out and the forecast could change between now and then.
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